Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 7

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 7

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compassion measure I also am proud to supported kiamana ena I call madam a Davidson Khurana madam Speaker I am very proud to stand and support the social assistance readers residency qualification legislation bill on behalf of the Green Party want to congratulate Minister Sybil Looney for bringing this bill to the house really important way that we can show better support better connection and better responsibility for our Pacific cousins l2 Akana as Tama Tofino will often refer to our Pacific island relations in fur Nona and I did want to start also as many have done because the talent of in our connection with our Pacific Island phenomena is a particular one and as a unique one and so I too from togehter funeral perspective would like to acknowledge the cook Island prime minister Honorable Henry put now the High Commissioner representatives and star from the cook Island country in relation to the proud migration and waka journey travel travels and stories and settlements that Pacific people went on at the phenomena to art air or sheer collectively in terms of our whole collective migration and visiting and exchanging and learning throughout the different Pacific countries as we came down through the Pacific and also culminating and our settlement here as Tana Dafina what an ulti Aurora so we have a unique historical phenomenon a unique historical relationship to our tour color to our Pacific cousins and it is not just historical we of course also share the the similar colonial and imperial impacts on our homeland in what that has done for our people our language our land our culture our relationships to each other as well I want to acknowledge for example the the the commonalities and the language revival work that both Tanith afine WA are consistently working on and reviving and also the language revival work that is happening here and out there or for our Pacific communities and of course acknowledging that the Cook Islands Niue air and took hello countries are our citizen brothers sisters our citizens siblings and it’s really wonderful to have alcohol and un cuchillo mps in this house with us as well and we’re we’re all very proud of that in this house so this bill is going to make it easier for people from Co : UN talk hello to be eligible for our New Zealand superannuation and or veteran patients our pension payments and as Minister Cipollone he has already stated the governments of the of Cook Islands Niue air and – hello were concerned and I and I pick this up kingly were concerned about the way that the current eligibility criteria for New Zealand pensions was preventing or deterring people from returning home and contributing to their countries at an earlier age and at this point I just want to pick up on some of the media reports which I’m helpful a grateful for which shared some of the stories we’re for example many people on the on the on the currents criteria standards trying to meet the current standards many people move to New Zealand from those three nations to meet those criterias for the New Zealand superannuation payments by spending at least 10 consecutive years in New Zealand out at the age of 20 and then that would move back to the Cook Islands for example where perhaps anxiety had sittin in their 50s and they realized that they wanted to return to their ancestral lens but then had to move back to New Zealand again to be able to meet those stringent requirements the five after fifty rule the spending at least five years here after the age of 50 and so that sort of having to move back and forth or having to stay put and not go home at all to be able to meet that five years after fifty rule we’re getting rid of that or actually we’re not getting rid of it we are making sure that Cook Islands knew where and talk hello are included in the net for the eligibility for the residency eligibility this makes me happy this makes me happy because there’s Tommy Jaffe Noah and my Tanana and colleague Honorable Heaney peanut Peeni Henare II picked up on it today as well where he talked about the similar sorts of of stories we share of the exodus of Tana Tofino are from our kupuna our ancestor lends to the cities and how what that has meant today actually is and something I’d say hema granted us so many of our young people we’re not just young people many of our people more and more of our people and don’t even know what mar they’re from what are we there from what have ouvir from by the way that doesn’t mean anything to us even if you don’t know you’re mad I you still belong to it and will still claim you even if you don’t know you’re from it but there is the sort of not so it’s not just the economic and social disconnection it’s a spiritual and cultural disconnection that hopefully this bill is going to go some way to trying to assist in that reconnection work and so I am I am pretty stoked to be able to stand up and support the bill from that common experience of what it means and used to be very lucky to be able to call several places our home even here in our debt oh I I love bye way in Manurewa and monaco and monaco co-chairs i think the largest Pacific City and the Pacific and I and I love the air NATO’s my home and has been for two decades but my ancestor home homes are also in the far north in on the East Coast and they are all equally my home but it is also important to me that I am able to feel connected to my ancestral homes as well so I’m glad that I’m able to stand here and support this well bill so because often we’re torn between those many homes and torn between choosing where we want to be and we were where we are able to be so just to go into the actual the a little bit of the detail of this bill for the Green Party representation is currently to be eligible for New Zealand pension payments one has to have been residing in or present in New Zealand for ten years since the age of 20 and then the five years which must be from the age of 50 that’s that five after fifty rule that I was referring to previously and sorry sorry mr. Ducey five years after 50 I thought I think that’s a simple way for me to be able to understand what’s going on here and and the reason why this is for nuaire Cook Islands in Tokyo is because New Zealand has constitutional responsibility for our citizens siblings and cousins in those countries in we wanting to reflect that relationships so I did want to pick up I’ve sort of talked about a little bit more but the deep the specific concern that drove those country governments to advocate and lead on this call to lead this call for this amendment was also around the problems of depopulation and you know we’re still facing that here so we know a bit about that and the social economic and cultural consequences and the instability also of not being able to see it all for as long as you would like in one place or having to go back and forth or not being able to return when you would like to because of these stringent rules so that I just I’ve got a little bit of time I did just want to acknowledge that in 2015 some attempt was made to improve the portability of suffering of pension payments for for people of coke Island knew and took a load to seen but basically that that didn’t quite work and it didn’t have the take heart that we would have hoped for and I I do acknowledge mr. Ron Mac took us through the politics of that I acknowledge that and so and so here we are today so here we are today allowing for that change for apparently the change that New Zealand first proudly pushed for and so here we are today allowing for that five after 50 rule to include the residency in Cork Ireland new it into hello to be 202 contribute to your residency and eligibility so I just wanted to finish by saying again acknowledging the calls in the leadership from the governments of khokana new air and talk hello who saw fit to be able and work with us and will continue to work with us and I think who saw fit to call for this and I think we should keep reviewing and keep checking and I know our Minister will to see how you know how we what sort of improvements or what sort of teething problems I know that we’ll keep checking on that so that it’s set up to do what it’s supposed to do and but just very proud here it’s done at the funeral in MP to support this bill mate okey-dokey I call met duty but I’m speaking what a great bill and what a great bill to end this week’s Bennett

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